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Locum placements increase by over 300% in 12 months

PROJECT

Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS)

Sectors

“The ability to allow health providers a staffing resource through NAHRLS certainly encourages Managers to support the endeavours of their staff in maintaining currency and competency.”

Mark Leddy, Practice Manager, Camperdown, Victoria.

Background

The Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) is a component of the Australian Government’s National Health and Hospital Network Reform agenda and aims to remove some of the barriers rural health professionals face in accessing leave.  NAHRLS was established under a contract awarded by the Department of Health and Ageing to Aspen Medical in 2011.

NAHRLS supports and recruits suitable locums to enable rural professionals to take leave for continuing professional development (CPD), training and personal leave whilst enabling organisations to back-fill their positions to support ongoing service delivery.

NAHRLS employs the locum and the scheme supports all locum recruitment, travel and accommodation costs so there is no extra cost to the local health service. 

Challenges 

  • Rural and remote Australia
  • Short-term recruitment of experienced health professionals